Engineer and scientist Maurice Cotterell discussed his research into sun spots and solar cycles, and how they affect history, evolution, and the rise and fall of civilizations. The Chinese first observed sunspots more than 3,000 years ago, and were aware of their 11-year cycle, he said. Additionally, there are sun cycles lasting 187 years, and 18,000 years, Cotterell explained. Periods with higher sunspot activity lead to increased fertility but also disorders such as schizophrenia, whereas during the solar minimum there can be mini-ice ages, he detailed.
He theorized that creatures evolved through DNA mutations brought about by solar wind radiation-- the radiation from the sun would arrive in narrow beams, so only certain members of a species would be affected.
Ancient sun-worshipping civilizations were aware that the sun affects fertility and personality determination, and the Maya knew their civilization was going to die out because of the sun's upcoming magnetic changes, he noted.Regarding 2012, Cotterell believes the Mayan message has been misconstrued-- infertility, drought, and an eclipse for five days were what was predicted, not the end of civilization, he said.
First hour guest, investment adviser Mish Shedlock commented on the federal bailout plan, suggesting that it won't solve current financial woes. He noted that for the same amount of money, taxpayers could own all the troubled banks-- instead they get nothing.
Bumper music from Thursday October 2, 2008
Midnight Express (The Chase)
The Man Who Sold the World
Here Comes the Sun
Boys of Summer
Fanfare for the Common Man
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Love Is Like Oxygen